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For Sale: Several Dozen Lighthouses, Some for Free

Technological advances have paved the way for the federal government to get rid of more than 100 lighthouses over the last 14 years. More will be sold or given away,
Technological advances have paved the way for the federal government to get rid of more than 100 lighthouses over the last 14 years. More will be sold or given away, AP

Lighthouses for sale! Actually, lots of lighthouses for free. Technological advances and a desire to purge unneeded properties have paved the way for the federal government to get rid of more than 100 lighthouses over the last 14 years, and it intends to keep selling and giving them away. The sold lighthouses, located on both coasts and in the Great Lakes states, have become everything from museums to bed-and-breakfasts.

Sixty-eight of the lighthouses have gone for free to preservationists while 36 others sold at public auction thanks to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, which allows the government to dispose of federally-owned lighthouses. The act turns 14 next month. The Coast Guard, which maintains lighthouses, has 71 other lighthouses queued up to go through the transfer process, and four are at auction now. The Coast Guard owns 254 light houses, officials said. The question is more about which ones it will keep than which ones it will eventually sell, said Jeff Gales, executive director of the non-profit U.S. Lighthouse Society. "There is an end in sight," Gales said. "There's a limited number of lighthouses."

-- The Associated Press